Richard S Jodoin

Rick Jodoin is a Geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Lansing, Michigan office.  Recent work includes managing the National Water Quality Assessment program for Michigan.


Rick grew up in New England, leaving after high school to serve in the Marine Corps. His military duties involved computer-based mapping and intelligence support while serving in the U.S. and overseas. He relocated to the Midwest to pursue a degree, and worked at the USGS as a student during his final year. Rick was then hired to permanent staff as a Geographer.

His work at the USGS has included developing Source Water Assessments for municipal water supplies; glacial drift thickness estimations for karst bedrock formation areas; groundwater monitoring well development; Great Lakes beach/shoreline contaminant forecasting; Web-based mapping application development; inland lakes water clarity depictions using remotely sensed imagery; and, streams water quality monitoring. His current research with the USGS involves managing the National Water Quality Assessment program for Michigan, and nutrient concentration monitoring in the Detroit River. Rick is also the safety and environmental programs coordinator for the Upper Midwest Water Science Center, Michigan offices.


  • B.S. in Geography, with a specialization in Spatial Information Processing, Michigan State University, 2000